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Distinguished Iraqi poets Amal Al-Jubouri and Dunya Mikhail and Al-Mutanabbi Street Starts Here project founder and coordinator Beau Beausoleil, along with musicians Michael Pestel and Philemon AbdEllah Kirlles, will commemorate the March 5, 2007 bombing of Baghdad's historic book selling street. A book signing will follow the reading.
This event is part of Al-Mutanabbi Street Starts Here DC 2016. Al-Mutanabbi Street Starts Here DC 2016 is a book arts and cultural festival organized for January through March 2016, throughout the Washington, DC area. Exhibits, programs, and events will commemorate the 2007 bombing of Baghdad’s historic bookselling street, and celebrate the free exchange of ideas and knowledge, to stand in solidarity with the people of Iraq, who have endured so much; and with people at home and abroad who are unable to make their voices heard. Book sellers, who survived the bombing, rebuilt their stores and are once again in business. They sell works by Sunnis, Shiites, Christians, and Jews, children's books, and progressive publications from around the world.